2114 Fillmore St, San Francisco, CA | Directions 9411537.789310 -122.433699
Fri, Sat 5pm-10:30pm
Neighborhoods: Pacific Heights, North
Fresca is a Peruvian restaurant in the heart of Fillmore offering a Ceviche Bar.
At Fresca, we aim to offer a personal rendition of Peruvian gourmet cuisine, where typical methods of cooking, fine Peruvian produce and the legacy of our common food culture are all being subjected to an innovative gastronomic approach. Carrying this line of thinking further, we view it as a challenge to play a part in bringing a regeneration of Peruvian culinary craft, in its capacity to encompass the world with its distinctive tastiness and special regional character.
Our intention at our San Francisco restaurant is to create and to prepare a distinctly advanced kind of cuisine, while nonetheless conjoining our patently Peruvian approach with a manner of purity and simplicity in the approach.
Fresca buffet catering services are available.
Decent food, awful service – I just tried this place today at lunchtime. The service was HORRIBLE, which ruined our experience. The waiter insisted that 1 ceviche per person wasn't enough food and that we should each order our own salad. I told him we would each get a ceviche and share the salad (it was just me and my mother) and we could order more food later if it wasn't enough. Well, it was plenty - the salad is huge and the ceviche is perfect for one person. I had to ask for water twice, which he never brought. I finally asked the hostess for water and she brought it. We were pretty much ignored the rest of the time and then shorted on our change after paying our bill. It's a shame the service is so bad, because the ceviche was really delicious. We also shared the "Julio Cesar" salad, which was OK. It was strange that it had walnuts on it instead of croutons, and the dressing tasted almost like plain mayonnaise, but the lettuce was fresh at least. I also had a sangria, which was a bit weak and not the best I've had. I would recommend this place for the ceviche and a beer, but don't bring a date here or go here for a special occasion because the place is a bit cramped and the service is terrible. I know that Limon is pricier, but it's worth it for the atmosphere and service in my opinion.
Not Impressive! – I had heard Fresca was good from some friends and decided to try it. Bad idea. The place was good in seating us without a reservation and the Peruvian beer was good. Other than that, everything else was sub-par. The ceasar salad had garlic bread on top, no croutons (guess the garlic bread was the replacement?) and had candied walnuts in it which threw the flavors off. The main dishes were worse. My halibut was overcooked and tasted like jerkey, the risotto was gluey and there wasn't any sauteed spinach to speak of in the dish. My date had a whole rockcod which was cooked just right, however the flavors were off and the sauce mixed with potatoes was strange. I wouldn't be so irked but I felt that considering the price, some part of the meal should have been good. I would not go there again and will not be recommending it to anybody I know.
Noe Valley location has better atmosphere than Fillmore St. – I've been to the Fillmore Street location several times and while the food is always good, it's too noisy. There isn't anywhere to wait for a table where you don't feel like you're in the way (the bar is next to the kitchen and waiter prep area). The door is also constantly swinging open and remaining open leaving unexpected drafts. The Noe Valley location is large, has better acoustics, and a larger bar area. The food is just as good.
Never a bad meal – I have always enjoyed the food at Fresca- from a very reasonably priced brunch menu with omelets with blue crab, tuna, to a steak salad for lunch, to halibut for dinner. This place rocks. The last time I was there, the waiter basically ordered for me, which was great, because the food was delish. Will return many times!
Very tasty, lot of variety – This place has awesome food. We had a ceviche plate (yellowtail), the crab cakes and wontons as small plates and the halibut as an entree. The halibut is served over spinach and risotto, and is unbelievable. Highly recommended. Fun atmosphere, good location.
Nice food, but service really needs to improve – Although the food is good, this place misses the mark on service. The waits are too long, reservation times are very loose, and the staff is not particularly attentive or responsive. It's unfortunate that the lack of service spoils the dinner. I hope the ownership/management see the reviews on Citysearch and improve the service.
2nd time and still dissappointed – This is the second time I've been to Fresca and am dissappointed once again. I thought I would give it another shot because it is always packed in there. Even though the restaurant was empty at 7, they wouldn't let us sit down because our whole party was not there yet. We said we would like to order apps. and drinks before the rest of our party arrives but that didn't help. When we were seated it took a while for the waitress to come over and take our order. The first course, ceviche, was delicious! I would only go back for that. The main course took forever! When we received it the food was cold. I had paella and it had absolutely no flavor and the fish, scallops, etc. didn't seemed cooked. No one in my party seemed impressed with their main course. I wouldn't recommend this place. I am shocked of how busy it continues to be.
Great Ceviche – This place has great ceviche which is why i first tried it, but they have really good salads and sandwichs as well. We order to go from there all time time but their location is very nice too. Big fan of Fresca!
Great Tasting meal! – Been to Fresca a few times now and every time has been Great! The Shrimp BLT is my Favorite. whether you eat in or carry out i promise you will enjoy! The Ensalda Nicoise is delicious. If you love flavor in your food you will love Fresca!!!
Good food – I went here on a date and loevd it. Where else can you get Peruvian food? My date and I beef with peppers and onions over white rice and my date had some fish dish which was also delicious. The place is cute, and lively, and the service is excellent.
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